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Diving into the PAST: Developing a Public Engagement Program for Pensacola’s Emanuel Point Shipwrecks

Author(s): Nicole Grinnan ; Della A Scott-Ireton

Year: 2016

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Summary

Remnants of Spain’s failed attempt to settle modern-day Pensacola in 1559, the Emanuel Point shipwrecks are legacies of Florida’s long colonial history. Community interest in the sites has been profound since the discovery of the Emanuel Point I wreck in 1992, but challenging dive conditions have limited opportunities for public access. After award of a grant to explore Emanuel Point II in 2014, the University of West Florida (UWF) Division of Anthropology and Archaeology began considering new avenues for providing public engagement. This paper explores the development of the "PAST (Public Archaeological Shipwreck Tours)" diving program. PAST allows UWF and Florida Public Archaeology Network archaeologists to offer local recreational divers an opportunity to learn more about the Emanuel Point shipwrecks and participate in guided dive tours of the sites. Reflections on the program include a discussion of the successes of initial PAST events, participant feedback, and plans for the future.


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Diving into the PAST: Developing a Public Engagement Program for Pensacola’s Emanuel Point Shipwrecks. Nicole Grinnan, Della A Scott-Ireton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434725)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 486

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America